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5 Frames with a Olympus Mju II DLX – By Howard Dale

I recently visited a nearby charity store. At first I didn’t see anything of interest. Then at the back of a bin I noticed a case, possibly empty, possibly not. I took it out, had a look and, lo and behold, an Olympus Mju II DLX!

I already have two of these. They function well, but they’re “cosmetically challenged”. This one also appears to function perfectly, but is in near mint condition. Moreover, it’s hard to ignore a camera that cost $3.00 and sells at the moment for around $200.

Was it really working as well as it seemed? Did it suffer from the dreaded light leak that affects the entire Infinity Stylus line? To find out I took it with me for a walk around Mount Kisco, NY.

There are very few settings to change – the most notable being that the camera defaults to “flash on” whenever it’s turned on and that if you don’t want flash you have to turn it off.


If pointed towards a strong light source it tends to flare. It’s also easy to place a finger where it could obstruct the lens when it extends to focus. Some interior low light pictures didn’t come out well – probably my fault rather than the camera’s: too low a shutter speed for me to hand hold.

Otherwise it really was point and shoot and generally the pictures came out well. I’m pleased to report that the camera worked perfectly and had no light leak issues.

Pictures taken on a 36 exposure roll of Tri-X 400.

A passing stranger.

Self Portrait.


This is not the post office.

Old Victorian.

Interestingly named St. Francis African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

My website – www.aheadworld.org

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    March 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Very nice images, great find and you have a good eye for photography! Love the first image you posted. I was always fond of the “clamshell” Olympus 35mm cameras, used many of them in the day. My first digital camera was a clamshell Olympus, it also had a fine lens. Thanks for posting!

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    Howard Dale
    March 2, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks very much. I think I’m just lucky. This is the third Stylus Epic I’ve found for an average cost of $4. I like the ‘clamshell’ designs too. In addition to the three Stylus Epics I also have a couple of Stylus’s (Mjus), a Stylus Epic Zoom 80, an XA and an XA2.

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